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14 Delightfully Geeky Wedding Cake Toppers

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We’ve seen geeky wedding invitations, wedding rings and wedding gowns, but now it’s time to look at the geeky sculptures resting on the top tier of the cake.

1. Futurama

This Futurama cake was spotted by Flickr user alanosaur at a friend’s wedding.

2. My Little Pony

DeviantArt user DeeKerry was commissioned to make these My Little Pony cake toppers for two of her recurring customers. Rainbow Dash is the bride’s favorite pony and Big Macintosh is the groom’s favorite, so the pieces perfectly represented the couple.

3. The Simpsons

Weddinator reader chemmy bought Simpsons action figures on eBay and painted and accessorized them so they would serve as great geeky cake toppers at his wedding.

4. Zombie Superheroes

Technically, these are collectable statues, not cake toppers, but they just happen to be the right size—plus, the idea of having Mary Jane and Spider Man in their Marvel Zombies versions (complete with a bloody wedding dress) would be all too perfect as a cake topper for any comic book geek's wedding. As a bonus, you could keep them on display at your house long after the ceremony is over.

5. Regular Superheroes

If you prefer DC and don’t want your heroes to be undead, then perhaps you’d prefer this amazing Black Canary and Green Arrow topper created by sculptor Kyla Richards for a wedding themed around the two comic book lovers.

6. Monty Python

When Offbeat Bride reader Spaz Girl was still getting to know her future husband, he happened to ask if she knew the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow. When she responded “African or European?” he asked her out for coffee, and the rest is history.

Fans of Monty Python will, of course, recognize the reference from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. They’ll also see why it meant so much to the couple to get a custom cake topper featuring an African and a European swallow carrying a coconut together.

7. World Of Warcraft


With all the relationships that have started on MMOs like World of Warcraft, it’s no surprise that some of them want their avatars to be used on their cakes. If you’ve ever wished your Warcraft character could make an appearance at your wedding, then you should definitely talk to sculptor Paul Pape, who specializes in making custom cake toppers—many of which, like the one above, have been based on video game avatars.

8. Zelda


Melanie Murray wanted to surprise her geeky fiancé at their wedding, so she made this fantastic Zelda and Link cake topper and kept it a secret. I’m sure all you classic gamers can appreciate just how romantic and meaningful this gesture was.

9. Totally Custom

Garden Ninja has a number of great custom made cake toppers that not only look like the bride and groom, but also reflect their interests. In fact, whether you would rather be a zombie, kill zombies, or marry a monster, the site has you covered, with all kinds of unique cake topper designs.

10. Katamari


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Sam and Teri were on a roll (sorry, I couldn’t help myself) when they designed this amazing Katamari cake topper that features the Prince collecting the bouquet, champagne bottles, the cake, and the bride and groom themselves.

11. Adventure Time


DeviantArt user ImSodaHyper made this adorable Adventure Time cake topper—which features Fionna and Finn holding hands—out of clay. While they make a great team, I must say the wedding cake would look a little lonely if Jake and Cake didn’t make an appearance somewhere.

12. Super Mario Bros.

What’s the perfect way to top off a plate of Mario-mushroom-inspired cupcakes? I think Telitha and Jonathan had it right when they decorated their cupcake stand with customized Luigi and Daisy Bobble Heads.

13. Robots


If you wish your officiant would end the ceremony by announcing “I now pronounce you man and bot,” then you’ll certainly love these handmade robot cake toppers from Etsy seller RobotsAreAwesome.

14. Dr. Who


Fans of Doctor Who will tell you that while the Doctor has had many loves, his heart will always belong to the Tardis, particularly after she came alive in “The Doctor’s Wife.” That’s why this cake topper, by The Cake Kitchen, which features Doctor 11 and the TARDIS in her human form, is a perfect accent for any wedding cake, or in this case, a groom’s cake.

Even many traditional marriages still incorporate some slightly unique cake toppers as a way to celebrate the bride and groom’s individuality, so I’m sure many of our readers had one made for their big day. If yours was at all nerdy, please tell us about it in the comments—or even better, post a picture of it!

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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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P.G. Wodehouse's Exile from England
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You don’t get more British than Jeeves and Wooster. The P.G. Wodehouse characters are practically synonymous with elevenses and Pimm’s. But in 1947, their creator left England for the U.S. and never looked back.

Pelham Grenville Wodehouse, better known as P.G., was living in northern France and working on his latest Jeeves and Wooster novel, Joy in the Morning, when the Nazis came knocking. They occupied his estate for a period of time before shipping him off to an internment camp in Germany, which he later said he found pretty pleasant:

“Everybody seems to think a German internment camp must be a sort of torture chamber. It was really perfectly normal and ordinary. The camp had an extraordinarily nice commander, and we did all sorts of things, you know. We played cricket, that sort of thing. Of course, I was writing all the time.”

Wodehouse was there for 11 months before being suddenly released to a hotel in Berlin where a man from the German foreign office named Werner Plack was waiting to meet him. Wodehouse was somewhat acquainted with Plack from a stint in Hollywood, so finding him waiting didn't seem out of the ordinary. Plack advised Wodehouse to use his time in the internment camp to his advantage, and suggested writing a radio series about his experiences to be broadcast in America.

As Plack probably suspected, Wodehouse’s natural writing style meant that his broadcasts were light-hearted affairs about playing cricket and writing novels, This didn’t sit too well with the British, who believed Wodehouse was trying to downplay the horrors of the war. The writer was shocked when MI5 subjected him to questioning about the “propaganda” he wrote for the Germans. "I thought that people, hearing the talks, would admire me for having kept cheerful under difficult conditions," he told them in 1944. "I would like to conclude by saying that I never had any intention of assisting the enemy and that I have suffered a great deal of mental pain as the result of my action."

Wodehouse's contemporary George Orwell came to his aid, penning a 1945 an essay called “In Defense of P.G. Wodehouse." Sadly, it didn’t do much to sway public opinion. Though MI5 ultimately decided not to prosecute, it seemed that British citizens had already made up their minds, with some bookstores and libraries even removing all Wodehouse material from their shelves. Seeing the writing on the wall, the author and his wife packed up all of their belongings and moved to New York in 1947. They never went back to England.

But that’s not to say Wodehouse didn’t want to. In 1973, at the age of 91, he expressed interest in returning. “I’d certainly like to, but at my age it’s awfully difficult to get a move on. But I’d like to go back for a visit in the spring. They all seem to want me to go back. The trouble is that I’ve never flown. I suppose that would solve everything."

Unfortunately, he died of a heart attack before he could make the trip. But the author bore no ill will toward his native country. When The Paris Review interviewed Wodehouse in 1973, they asked if he resented the way he was treated by the English. “Oh, no, no, no. Nothing of that sort. The whole thing seems to have blown over now,” he said.  He was right—the Queen bestowed Wodehouse with a knighthood two months before his death, showing that all was forgiven.

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